Although we haven’t done it as often lately, our family’s traditional Sunday-morning breakfast for the last several years has included coffee cake or muffins. This may not be *the* healthiest breakfast recipe ever, but it certainly is good – and if you don’t wish to serve it for breakfast, it’ll work just fine for snacking or dessert.
I personally like to use freshly-ground flour and sucanat or coconut sugar for this, but all-purpose flour and white sugar work fine. I also double the recipe to ensure that we don’t run out, and since we don’t have two tube pans I divide the extra dough between two loaf pans and reduce the amount of baking time slightly.
I personally think that the best way to serve this is with a little butter – some members of my family like to pour yogurt on top.
Chocolate-Swirl Coffee Cake
- 4 – 4½ cups flour
- 2 Tbsp instant yeast
- ¾ cup sugar
- ½ cup butter
- ⅔ cup water
- ⅓ cup milk
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- ⅓ cup milk
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ cup flour
- ¼ cup sugar
- ¼ cup butter
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ cup chocolate chips
- ¼ cup chopped nuts, optional
Mixing the cake:
- In a small bowl, combine 1½ cups of flour and yeast.
- Combine the sugar, butter, water, milk, and salt in a medium saucepan and heat until the butter is nearly melted.
- Pour heated mixture over flour mixture, stir well.
- Mix in eggs.
- Knead in the remainder of the flour, loosely cover bowl and let dough rise for about an hour.
Making the filling:
- In a double boiler, combine the chocolate chips, milk, and cinnamon. Heat until chips are melted and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
- Cut together the flour, sugar, butter, and cinnamon. Add nuts and chocolate chips.
- Grease a 10″ tube pan.
- Place dough on floured surface and roll out to make a rectangle about 14″ x 22″.
- Spread filling over dough, leaving a 1″ border on all sides.
- Starting with one of the shorter ends, roll the dough up cinnamon roll-style.
- Pick up dough and place it in the tube pan, forming a circle. Pinch the two ends together.
- Let cake rise until nearly doubled.
- Sprinkle topping on top of cake.
- Bake cake at 350 for 40-50 minutes, or until tests done.